A Democrat candidate endorsed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lost a special election primary Tuesday.
Whitmer backed Andrea Rutkowski in the House District 25 primary, and she lost to Peter Herzberg, 35.7 percent to 29.9 percent, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Layla Taha came in third at 21.8 percent. Melandie Yvonne Hines and Shannon Rochon finished a distant fourth and fifth, respectively.
Whitmer produced an endorsement video for Rutkowski, but even that didn’t seem to be enough:
I am proud to endorse @AndreaRutkowsk1 for State House! I have no doubt that she will continue to fight for all families in the 25th district. Let’s elect Andrea Rutkowski in the Primary Special Election on January 30! pic.twitter.com/zXMwCdoaGq
— Gretchen Whitmer (@gretchenwhitmer) January 17, 2024
“Let’s elect Andrea Rutkowski in the Primary Special Election on January 30!” Whitmer declared.
The rumored 2024 presidential candidate fared better in the 13th House District, where her preferred candidate, Mai Xiong, easily won her match-up with LaMar Lemmons and Suzanne Ostosh, capturing 78.9 percent in a very low turnout election, according to the Free Press.
In that race, Xiong gathered a large group of establishment Democrat endorsements and had the AFL-CIO going door-to-door.
Ronald Singer easily won the Republican primary in the 13th, capturing 62.9 percent of the vote. Republican candidate Josh Powell, running in the 25th, did not have a primary race and will face Herzberg April 16.